Canoeing trips utilize canoes for two people to paddle, generally down a river. We mostly offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers. Occasionally, we offer a whitewater canoe trip, to a Class II – III river. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-14 people, and require no previous experience, except that you must know how to swim. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in canoeing. Canoeing equipment, complete with canoes, paddles, and lifejackets, is included in the trip price.
Sign-up by: 6 pm Monday, June 16
> Bring $12 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, June 18 at 5:00 pm.
The Harpeth River is a State Scenic River which is only an hour from Nashville. We will be paddling a nice 5.0 mile stretch of river at the Narrows. Beginners are welcome . . . two people per canoe. All equipment is included in the trip fee. Estimated trip duration: 9 am – 4 pm.
JULY 12 (Saturday)
Hiwassee River, TN
Sign-up by: 6 pm on Thursday, July 3
>Bring $45 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, July 8 at 5:00 pm
Beat the summer heat by joining the Outdoor Rec. team for a day of exciting rapid running on the Hiwassee, a state scenic river. The 5.5 mile stretch of the Hiwassee is a fantastic introduction to WW Canoeing and offers a number of Class I – II+ rapids to test your paddling prowess. Participants must be able to swim and canoeing experience is not required. Estimated trip duration: 6 am – 9 pm.
JULY 19 – 20 (Saturday – Sunday)
Buffalo River, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, July 11
>Bring $20 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.
Pre-Trip Meeting: Wednesday, July 16 at 5:00 pm
The Buffalo River is the last of the free-flowing rivers in Tennessee with no dams on it. We will paddle approximately 13 miles of it, over two days. We plan on camping on an island Saturday night. This is a beautiful river, and the trip is suitable for both beginners and experienced canoeists. Estimated trip duration: 7 am Sat. – 8 pm Sun.
Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.